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Cain and Abel

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

"The Mark of Cain" Collage ...and "the Mark of Abel"

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 4

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Magazine images
  • Posterboard
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Bibles
  • Newspaper
  • Spray adhesive


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

  1. Tell me what you know about the Story of Cain and Abel.
  2. Let's Read the story of Cain and Abel together. Look for it in Genesis 4, and be ready to tell me what stories come before it and after it. (provides context)
  3. Somebody summarize what we just read.
  4. The Mark of Cain Collage

    This lesson will use a familiar art project --the collage, to make a display for the church which will prominently illustrate "The Mark of Cain" and highlight the subject of "bullying". The "Marks" are the images and words depicting Cain-like behavior in our world. Depending on your number of students and the amount of time you have after the Bible study, you may want to break up the collage work into several teams, ...assigning some to "Cain" images and some to the Good images, etc.

    a. Tape together several pieces of poster board and cover them with newspaper using spray adhesive. Give prominent treatment to headlines which illustrate PROBLEMS in our world.

    b. Next, click colorful pictures from magazine which illustrate ANGER, JEALOUSY, GREED. Be selective. "The Mark of Cain" should not be represented by sportscars and models! This is why you will really need a good collection of NEWS magazines, not Glamour and Parenting. Use spray adhesive to fix these images ON TOP OF the newspaper.

    c. Now look for images and symbols of GOOD THINGS that help remove the "Stain of Cain". Glue those onto their OWN pieces of bright construction paper and LABEL THEM with words that describe their goodness. Two people embracing, for example. These you may find in magazines such as People and Parenting. But... I strongly suggest you collect your DENOMINATION's magazine and publications. For example, the mission packets they send to local churches. Ask your church office/pastor for these. CALL THESE "THE MARK OF ABEL".

    d. Create and adhere Christian symbols representing peace, comfort, resolution. A dove, a cross, a peace sign.

    e. Finally, have some students work on writing out some of the memory verses about anger and jealousy from the computer workshop lesson in this set. Adhere those to the collage and display the collage in a prominent location within the church.


Circle around and tell the children you are going to [b]"give them the Mark of Abel" --the one who pleased God and did not do evil.
Pull out a blue permanent sharpie and draw a cross on their shoulder or top of their hand. Don't worry, it will eventually wear off! Close with a prayer that Jesus will be with us to remind us to do and say the right things, and treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated.

Have the children assist with the cleanup and close with a prayer

My original three part lesson set for Cain and Abel is posted at


A Lesson by Neil MacQueen from: Sunday software
Venice, FL

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